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Narrative Writing Toolkit | Writing Quality Narratives | Distance Learning

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  1. Teaching narrative writing isn't easy...writing a story (personal narrative or fiction) from start to finish can seem like a pretty overwhelming task--and it is!  Let this set of four narrative writing resources help you prepare yoru students to plan, draft, and revise great narratives! I've been wo
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Teaching narrative writing isn't easy...writing a story from start to finish can seem like a pretty overwhelming task--and it is!  I've been working for years on how to make it more accessible and meaningful to my students because, let's face it, writing stories for a living isn't what 99% of them will be doing.  

That being said, the PROCESS of writing a story and the creative energy of planning one is super valuable--and, of course, there are many writing skills that cross genres.  I thought I'd share what we did this year and help others have the success my students did! Sidenote: My students L-O-V-E this unit!

For the last few years I have used a planning tool that I turned into a resource which helps kick off the unit of narrative writing. It has been SUPER helpful for me as I try to set the tone for a writing community--and to get them started planning their stories.  I still use it and it really helps my students with their planning.

As our curriculum has evolved a bit, I started looking for ways to really get my students digging in to character development so that their narratives were richer and more thoughtful.  We worked hard to try to get students to really think about a main character...who this person would be.  What they would be like as people.  What they enjoy--and what they don't.  What their strengths are--and their weaknesses.  As I started to jot down these ideas, I used our read aloud to try to see if we could see how a "real" author developed those characters.

Looking for a tool to help you organize your narrative writing instruction? This resource may be just what you are looking for! What do you get?

  • A full blog post complete with photos to help you see exactly how I used it with my class.
  • All the reproducibles needed to teach the content with your class
  • 2 writing checklists to help with assessment.
  • Print AND digital access to all forms!

This toolkit can help YOU help your students dig deeper and improve the quality of their narrative writing--and have fun doing it. I hope you download the preview to see what you get...and if you are interested in more narrative writing resources, this is also a part of a bundle of FOUR products that can really impact your teaching. Enjoy!


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FOUR great narrative resources!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.


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